Dr Ayman Shihadeh
BA (London), MSt, DPhil (Oxon)
Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies
- Dr Ayman Shihadeh
- Email address:
- 020 7898 4343
- SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
- Russell Square: College Buildings
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- On Sabbatical:
- Term 1 2012
Dr Shihadeh is an intellectual historian specialising in medieval Arabic and Islamic philosophy and rational theology. He began his studies at SOAS, the University of London, where he obtained a first-class BA (Hons), and completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford. He then worked at universities in England and Scotland before returning to SOAS in 2008. His main areas of interest are the Avicennan philosophical tradition, the development of the Ash‘ari school, the interaction between post-Avicennan philosophy and kalam, particularly during the late-eleventh and twelfth centuries, and Arabic codicology. Much of Dr Shihadeh’s work focuses on Fakhr al-Din al-Razi (d. 1210) and al-Ghazali (d. 1111), two hugely influential medieval thinkers whom he has been contextualising by the exploration of key, though little-known, figures and manuscript texts. One of his main current research projects investigates the transformation of the Ash‘ari stance towards Avicenna’s philosophical anthropology, especially his body-soul dualism, during the eleventh and twelfth centuries.
Main External Affiliations
- Section Editor (Philosophy and Theology) for the Encyclopaedia of Islam (3rd ed., Brill).
- Contributor to the Arabic Manuscripts Project at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.
- Member of the Editorial Board, Intellectual History of the Islamicate World (Brill).
- Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Islamic Translation Series (BYU Press).
- Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Qur’anic Studies (EUP).
- Member of the Editorial Board, Ilahiyat Studies (Uludağ University).
- Islamic Intellectual Tradition
- Medieval Arabic Thought
- Medieval Arabic Thought: the Philosophical and Theological Traditions
- Sufism: Texts and History
PhD Students supervised
- Laura Hassan, Physical theory and Creation in the thought of Sayf al-Dīn al-Āmidī (d.1233): a study of the integration of falsafī methods and doctrines into Ash’arī kalām (Working Title)
- Ramon Harvey, Justice in the Qur’an: A Study in Relation to Language and Composition
- Ziad El-Hady, Changing social ethics as a factor in Muslim/non-Muslim relations in Britain
Medieval Arabic intellectual history; the history of medieval Arabic philosophy and Islamic theology, especially kalam; Arabic codicology
Shihadeh, Ayman (2006) The Teleological Ethics of Fakhr al-Din al-Razi. Leiden: E.J. Brill. (Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science. Texts and Studies)
Edited Books or Journal Volumes
Shihadeh, Ayman, ed. (2013) Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī’s Father, Ḍiyāʾ al-Dīn al-Makkī. Nihāyat al-Marām fī Dirāyat al-Kalām. Facsimile of the Autograph Manuscript of Vol. II. Berlin; Tehran: Freie Universität Berlin and Mīrāth-i Maktūb.
Shihadeh, Ayman, ed. (2012) The Ontology of the Soul in Medieval Arabic Thought (= The Muslim World, double issue 102.3-4). Wiley-Blackwell.
Shihadeh, Ayman, ed. (2007) Sufism and Theology. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Shihadeh, Ayman, ed. (2005) Najm al-Din al-Tufi: Dar’ al-qawl al-qabih bi-l-tahsin wa-l-taqbih (Critical edition and study). Riyadh: King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies.
Shihadeh, Ayman (2015) 'Al-Ghazālī and Kalām: The Conundrum of His Body-Soul Dualism.' In: Griffel, Frank, (ed.), Al-Ghazālī and His Influence. Papers on the Occasion of the 900th Anniversary of His Death. Leiden: E.J. Brill. (Forthcoming)
Shihadeh, Ayman (2014) 'Theories of Ethical Value in Kalam: A New Interpretation.' In: Schmidtke, Sabine, (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Islamic Theology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Shihadeh, Ayman (2014) 'Religious Readings of Philosophy.' In: Taylor, Richard C. and López-Farjeat, Luis X., (eds.), Routledge Companion to Islamic Philosophy. London: Routledge. (In Press)
Shihadeh, Ayman (2014) 'Al-Razi’s Earliest Kalam Work.' In: Schwarb, Gregor and Schmidtke, Sabine, (eds.), Theological Rationalism in Medieval Islam: New Texts and Perspectives. Leuven: Peeters. (In Press)
Shihadeh, Ayman (2014) 'Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī's Commentary on Avicenna's Pointers.' In: El-Rouayheb, Khaled and Schmidtke, Sabine, (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming)
Shihadeh, Ayman (2013) 'Aspects of the Reception of Avicenna’s Theory of Prophecy in Islamic Theology.' In: Houser, R. E., (ed.), Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association: Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions. Volume 86, 2012. Houston, TX: Philosophy Documentation Center, pp. 23-32.
Shihadeh, Ayman (2011) 'Khojazada on al-Ghazali's Criticism of the Philosophers' Proof of the Existence of God.' In: Yücedoğru, Tevfik and Koloğlu, Orhan and Kılavuz, Murat and Gömbeyaz, Kadir, (eds.), International Symposium on Khojazada (22-24 October 2010 Bursa): Proceedings. Bursa: Bursa Büyükşehir Belediyesi, pp. 141-161.
Shihadeh, Ayman (2011) 'New Light on the Reception of al-Ghazali’s Doctrines of the Philosophers (Maqasid al-Falasifa).' In: Adamson, Peter, (ed.), In the Age of Averroes: Arabic Philosophy in the Sixth/Twelfth Century. London: The Warburg Institute, pp. 77-92. (Warburg Institute Colloquia, Vol. 16)
Shihadeh, Ayman (2008) 'The Existence of God.' In: Winter, T., (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 197-217.
Shihadeh, Ayman (2007) 'The Mystic and the Sceptic in Fakhr al-Din al-Razi.' In: Shihadeh, Ayman, (ed.), Sufism and Theology. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 101-122.
Shihadeh, Ayman (2014) 'Avicenna's Corporeal Form and Proof of Prime Matter in Twelfth-Century Critical Philosophy: Abū l-Barakāt, al-Masʿūdī and al-Rāzī.' Oriens: Journal of Philosophy, Theology and Science in Islamic Societies, 42 (2-4). pp. 364-396.
Shihadeh, Ayman (2014) 'Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī’s Response to Sharaf al-Dīn al-Masʿūdī’s Critical Commentary on Avicenna’s Ishārāt.' The Muslim World, 104 (1). pp. 1-61.
Shihadeh, Ayman (2013) 'The Argument from Ignorance and Its Critics in Medieval Arabic Thought.' Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, 23 (2). pp. 171-220.
Shihadeh, Ayman (2013) 'A Post-Ghazālian Critic of Avicenna: Ibn Ghaylān al-Balkhī on the Materia Medica of the Canon of Medicine.' Journal of Islamic Studies, 24 (2). pp. 135-174.
Shihadeh, Ayman (2012) 'Classical Ash'ari Anthropology: Body, Life and Spirit.' The Muslim World, 102 (3-4). pp. 433-477.
Shihadeh, Ayman (2011) 'Ash'ariyya.' Oxford Bibliographies Online .
Shihadeh, Ayman and Suleiman, Y. (2007) 'Islam on Campus: Teaching Islamic Studies at Higher Education Institutions in the UK.' Journal of Beliefs & Values, 28 (3). pp. 309-329.
Shihadeh, Ayman (2006) 'Three Apologetic Stances in al-Tufi: Theological Cognitivism, Noncognitivism, and a Proof of Prophecy from Scriptural Contradiction.' Journal of Qur’anic Studies, 8 (2). pp. 1-23.
Shihadeh, Ayman (2005) 'From al-Ghazali to al-Razi: 6th/12th Century Developments in Muslim Philosophical Theology.' Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, 15 (1). pp. 141-179.
Shihadeh, Ayman (2013) 'Favour (Divine).' In: Encyclopaedia of Islam. Three. Leiden: Brill.